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By Jonathan Stockhammer and Orchestre National de France. By Thierry Pecou. Country of Origin: Austria. Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Wergo (NX.WER73182).
Item Number: NX.WER73182
The works of Thierry Pecou have brought something back into contemporary European music that had almost been forgotten: the sound of Latin America. Thierry Pecou is French, and his Latin America is the product of a creative fantasy that grew out of a desire to explore the nearly extinct Pre-Colombian cultures of Central and South America. Any assumption, however, that these are simply the exotic longings of a European culture tourist would be false. Pecou, who grew up in a Paris suburb and graduated from the Paris Conservatory, has Caribbean ancestors, and so his musical search for roots is also a personal journey of discovery. He is at home in two cultures. One is the culture of career and daily life; the other continues to exist only as a projection arising from the depths of the individual personality - a world which, not only for Pecou himself, has become impossibly distant in a cultural and historical sense. Thierry Pecou's dreamed landscapes of sound can also be seen as an expression of this search for the ruins of a lost culture. With ritualistic repetitive structures, mysterious depths, and strongly physical sounds, his music conjures up an archaic past, but the colors he uses are those of a symphony orchestra, even though these colors are often placed in unusual or exotic constellations. "My position is somewhat ambiguous, because I am a European, even though I have certain roots in these places (Central America). At the same time, I also want to better understand the Mexican people and their history, for example, and hopefully contribute to the search for their own truth and their own roots." - Thierry Pecou.